Drew Carey Shares His Pipe Dreams

November 02, 2007

Natalie Finn, E! Online

rew Carey has his issues—with the federal government, that is.

The latest of which is Congress' refusal to legalize medical marijuana across the board, an issue near and dear to Carey's heart according to his latest video for the nonprofit Reason Foundation.

"I think it's clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana. People who need it should be able to get it—safely and easily," Carey said, describing the point of "Drew Carey Defends Medical Marijuana," the second installment of The Drew Carey Project, his ongoing short-form documentary series posted on reason.tv.

In the new video, Carey first stands on a Brentwood—"where O.J. used to live"—street corner and points out all the places, including a pharmacy, a liquor store and Starbucks, where you "can get anything you want to bring you up and down."

The former sitcom star then visits a West Hollywood facility that sells physician-prescribed pot, which is legal in California, to people suffering from a range of debilitating ailments, from chronic back pain to cancer.

"Ah," he breathes upon entering the dispensary. "Smell that smell? It's the smell of freedom." (At no point in the video does he partake of any herbal refreshment.)

The video also features interviews with average, gainfully employed, middleclass people who use medical marijuana to ease what ails them, as well as with L.A. County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Whitmore, who says that "dispensaries are low on the priority scale of law enforcement," in terms of who is partaking of pot within those walls.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which the Reason Foundation has accused of continuing to harass pot-dispensing facilities and patients in states that have legalized the process, refused to be interviewed, according to Carey. 

"I think it's clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana," Carey, standing in a gas station parking lot, says in closing. "If that bothers you, it if makes you nervous that people are out there using marijuana to ease their pain, drive down to any old gas station in America like this one, buy yourself a nice, cold brew and pop the top. They really take the edge off."

CBS, which coproduces The Price Is Right, had no comment on Carey's latest cause of choice.

It's possible, however, that the comedian's first reason.tv short, Gridlock, which explored the "Hell on Wheels" that is L.A. traffic, caused a little less consternation in the front office.

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